New York Fashion Week may look glamourous on Instagram (and in many ways it is), but for us bloggers, it can be a hectic week of back to back events and absolutely no sleep. Luckily, there’s a part of Fashion Week that’s exactly the opposite. In the New York Fashion Week lounges, coffee and champagne flow freely and you can relax with your BFFs (Best Fashion Friends). Talented hair and makeup artists are often on hand to help you look picture perfect in your street style photos and if you’re really lucky, you’ll be treated to some sweet swag such as makeup, handbags and jewelry. It’s every girl’s dream come true!
When you’re running around all day, lounge time is a must to recharge yourself and your cell phone. While many bloggers use their Fashion Week lounge time to get out posts in between shows, I like to make the most of the branded experiences and catch up with my blogger friends. If you didn’t have time to do your hair or get a manicure before the shows, a lounge can be a lifesaver. Maybe someday we can make New York Lounge Week a thing?
Here’s what my lounge life has been like so far this New York Fashion Week:
I had an amazing time catching up with my blogger friends at the ShopStyle lounge! I even got this monogrammed GiGi New York purse. It’s the
Stylists from R+Co did an amazing job on my hair at the ShopStyle Lounge and taught me how to do modern curls.
The Maybelline Lounge on the top floor of Milk Studios was the perfect way to end the day. They had an awesome deejay and I got to stock up on my favorite Maybelline products.
I walked on a virtual runway in the E! News and TRESemmé Lounge at Skylight at Moynihan Station.
Lately, I’ve been trying to be more responsible with my money. In the process of attempting to be fiscally fit, I’ve rediscovered the magic of the drugstore beauty aisle. While many high end beauty products are worth every penny of their exorbitant prices, even the biggest beauty snobs shouldn’t overlook the quality products hidden on drugstore shelves. Much of these affordable beauty finds work just as well, if not better than their expensive counterparts proving to me time and time again that top shelf quality beauty isn’t just for the rich and famous. Here are some of my favorites:
Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Top Coat is by far the best top coat and quick dry technology that I’ve ever used. I never do my own nails without it. Not only does this top coat always go on smoothly, it also makes your nails dry super fast and protects the polish from chipping.
3. Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner
I’ve been using Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner for almost a decade and absolutely love it. If you’re a liquid liner fan, you’ve got to try it. It’s easy to apply, dries fast and gives my upper lid the perfect line every time.
4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Taking off your makeup correctly is just as important as putting it on correctly. I love Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover because it removes all my makeup the first time. Even the darkest smokey eye is no match for this makeup remover.
5. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
I never gave Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara much thought until I tried it. For years I passed right by it in the drugstore writing it off as a below average mascara. When I finally used it, I found that it’s not only one of the more affordable mascaras on the market, it’s also one of the best. The formula never clumps and the brush’s tiny bristles help reach every lash for long-lasting volume.
6. Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips
Though I get waxed once a month at the salon, I often need to touch up in between waxes, especially during the summer months. For a quick touch up, I just heat up Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips with a hair dryer and wax away.
With the pressures of the real world constantly building up, I often like to pretend that I’m back in college. Over the weekend, I relived my collegiate years when I sat front row at New York’s College Fashion Week hosted by Her Campus. Having covered New York Fashion Week for many seasons, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, after an amazing evening of fashion, talent and fun, I wish that I was back in college more than ever and can’t wait to experience College Fashion Week all over again next year.
The evening started off with cocktails, hairdos by TRESemmé, custom foundation by bareMinerals and eyebrows by European Wax Center. When the show began, college students who could have been mistaken for professional models strutted down the runway in the latest fall fashions from boohoo.com.
While the first collection consisted of imperial styles filled with sleek military glam, the second was entitled “Brooklyn Princess” and featured pink, powdery sporty separates. The third collection, Woodlanders, was my favorite. I loved the forest prints and earthy hues for fall. In between each collection, talented college students performed incredible music and dance routines including Columbia Sharp, Columbia University’s All Male A Capella group. I guess that’s something New York Fashion Week doesn’t have – cute Ivy League men singing John Legend ballads.
One of the things I miss most about Fashion Week besides the over the top shows, fab parties, and free stuff are the photo booths. I love hanging out in the lounges getting fun pictures in Fashion Week’s many photo booths. Here I am in the TRESemmé photo booth after seeing my last Fall 2013 show at New York Fashion Week. Even though I didn’t have any more shows to attend, I wasn’t quite ready to leave Lincoln Center so I checked out the lounges and posed for photos.
As a fashion writer, I know I’m not supposed to say this as most of us can’t wait for the stress and chaos of Fashion Week to be over so we can have a life again, but I’m sad that it’s over. Not only do I wish I’d been to more shows, I also wish I were going to London Fashion Week to see more Fall 2013 collections. But, maybe I should be careful what I wish for…